WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden’s legal team met with Justice Department prosecutors Wednesday to discuss possible charges against the president’s son in the ongoing criminal investigation in Delaware, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware declined to comment. Hunter Biden’s attorney did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
As previously reported by NBC News, federal prosecutors are considering charging the young Biden with two misdemeanor failure to file taxes, a felony tax evasion related to a tax year’s business expense and a possible felony weapon related to a purchase of firearms.
U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and retained by President Joe Biden’s administration, will decide whether to bring charges against Hunter Biden.
“In the ordinary course, in a federal criminal tax case, and consistent with policy and practice, defense attorneys get a meeting by request,” said Chuck Rosenberg, NBC News legal analyst and former federal prosecutor. «Usually, they use that meeting to try to persuade Justice Department prosecutors not to indict their client, often to no avail.»
Earlier this month, a lawyer representing an IRS special agent told lawmakers that his client is seeking whistleblower protection to provide testimony to Congress about the federal investigation into Hunter Biden.
Wednesday’s meeting comes just one day after President Joe Biden announced his re-election bid. Republicans have previously used Hunter Biden in campaigns against the president.
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